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Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire is a partner in the Scranton Pennsylvania law firm of Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins ( 

With over a decade of civil litigation experience,  Attorney Cummins has focused his practice on defending motor vehicle accident liability cases and UIM/UM arbitration matters along with premises liability and products liability cases.  Where warranted, Attorney Cummins has also represented legitimately injured parties at times in their pursuit of justice following an accident.  Mr. Cummins is also routinely summoned by his defense clients to handle matters involving insurance coverage questions and insurance subrogation claims.


Attorney Cummins is additionally available to serve as local counsel, a defense arbitrator, a mediator, or otherwise in matters arising in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

 Attorney Cummins strives to handle all of his matters in the most cost-efficient, prompt, responsive, and personable manner possible.

With his firm based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mr. Cummins practices in the state and federal courts in all of the counties that make up Northeastern Pennsylvania.  He handles case as far west as Williamsport, Pennsylvania and as far south as Jim Thorpe, Allentown, and Easton, Pennsylvania.

 Attorney Cummins is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University (’90, B.A., English) after which he obtained his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law (’93, J.D.).  While in law school, he completed his law school studies at the University of London in London, England (Spring, ’93) in a study abroad program. 

 After graduating from law school, Mr. Cummins served as the Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Harold A. Thomson, Jr. in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas for two years before going into private practice, where he has focused on insurance defense litigation ever since.




In addition to being well-known as a civil litigator, Mr. Cummins has also published many articles that have appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.  Attorney Cummins’ numerous articles have analyzed and predicted trends in a wide variety of areas of civil litigation law and have also provided practice tips for fellow members of the bar.

 More recently, at the request of the editors of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a statewide legal news publication, Attorney Cummins has become a regularly contributing columnist on civil litigation issues.  As noted below, several of his articles have been recognized for their excellence in legal journalism.  All of Attorney Cummins' articles may be viewed under his profile on the JDSupra website (

 As a complement to his civil litigation column in the Law Weekly, Attorney Cummins also recently started a blog entitled "Tort Talk" (  The blog is designed to provide updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law.

Attorney Cummins was also recently hired by George T. Bisel, Inc., a legal publishing company, to be the new writer for the annual supplement to their legal treatise, The Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook.


Lawyers on the Fast Track

 In September, 2005, Attorney Cummins was honored as one of only 35 lawyers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the age of 40 to be recognized by American Law Media as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.”  This recognition was issued by a committee comprised of bar association leaders and a law school dean and was given to attorneys who have exhibited excellence in advocacy, advancement of the law, community service, and service to the bar.  To date, Mr. Cummins remains one of only three attorneys from Northeastern, Pennsylvania to ever have been so recognized. 

 Schnader Print Media Awards

 In both 2006 and 2007, Attorney Cummins was awarded First Place in the Weekly Newspapers category of the noted Schnader Print Media Awards, honoring excellence in legal writing and analysis in Pennsylvania publications, for articles of his that appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

More recently, in 2010, Mr. Cummins was awarded second place in Beat Coverage and second place in Editorial/Commentary categories for Weekly Newspapers in the Schnader Print Media Awards Competition.

As such, Attorney Cummins has been honored for excellence in legal writing four times in four years.


 Outside of the practice of law Attorney Cummins enjoys reading, writing, traveling, physical fitness, and coaching little league baseball, basketball, and soccer.  He is also an avid fan of the Phillies/Eagles, Penn State football, and Villanova basketball.  Mr. Cummins is married and has three sons.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 40%
    19 years
  2. Insurance: 25%
    19 years
  3. Slip and Fall: 20%
    19 years
  4. Litigation: 15%
    19 years



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Schnader Print Media Award - Second Place - Weekly NewspapersSchnader Print Media Awards2015
Distinguished Defense Counsel of the YearPennsylvania Defense Institute2014
Acquisition International’s ‘2013 Legal 100'Acquisition International Magazine2013
Blawg 100 - Tort Talk Blog Honored - Top 100 Law Blogs in NationABA Law Journal2012
Schnader Print Media Award - Second Place - Weekly NewspapersPennsylvania Bar Association//Schnader Law Firm2012
Second Place-Editorial/Commentary Category, Weekly NewspaperSchnader Print Media Awards2010
Second Place - Beat Coverage Article, Weekly NewspaperSchnader Print Media Awards2010
Tort Talk Blog Listed in TOP 50 INSURANCE LAW BLOGS IN U.S.LexisNexis2010
Inclusion in Cambridge Who's WhoCambridge Who's Who2008
Super Lawyer-Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine2007
First Place Article-Weekly Newspaper CategorySchnader Print Media Awards2007
First Place Article-Weekly Newspaper CategorySchnader Print Media Awards2006
Inclusion in Honors Edition of United Who's WhoUnited Who's Who Registry2005
Lawyers on the Fast Track HonoreeAmerican Law Media2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFoley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins1999 - Present
Columnist on Civil Litigation mattersPennsylvania Law Weekly1996 - Present
Bloggerwww.TortTalk.com2009 - 2016
Adjunct Instructor for Paralegal Studies ProgramPenn State University2001 - 2001
Associate AttorneyBialkowski & Savitsky1997 - 1999
Law Clerk to President Judge Harold A. Thomson, Jr.Pike County Court of Common Pleas1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Monroe County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Luzerne County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Council On Litigation ManagementMember2010 - Present
Northeast Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationOfficer-Treasurer (2010), Secretary (2009)2009 - Present
Pennsylvania Defense InstituteCurrently a Member; Vice President - North (2012, 2015)2007 - Present
Lackawanna County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee (2010-2014); Secretary (2014-present)1997 - Present
Pike County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2009 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal IntelligencerBrief Rewriting Tips for the Young (or Any) Lawyer2016
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyExpansion of Negligence Liability to Text Senders Untenable2016
Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineWhat Attorneys Hope Judges Know2016
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyImprove Your Practice, Reduce Stress, and Prevent Nightmares2015
Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineThe Lessons of ‘Forrest Gump2015
Newsletter of the PBA Civil Litigation SectionTo Call or Not to Call: Dilemma Created by Unfavorable Expert Report’2015
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyLimitations on Cross-Examination of Lay and Expert Witnesses2015
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Year of Changes in Civil Litigation2015
Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine'Tis the Season to Be Civil: Lessons From 'A Christmas Story'2014
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Significant Changes Abound in Post-Koken Auto Law2014
Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineTrial Tips 1012014
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Plea to the Appellate Courts from a Post-Koken Litigator2014
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyAutomobile 'Black Box' Information Ruled Admissible in a Criminal Case2014
Tort Talk Blog ( Sad Day for the Truth (Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital)2014
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyParameters of Showing Bias of Expert Witness2014
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyCollateral Estoppel Doctrine Precludes Additional UIM Recovery2014
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyIn 2014 Pa. Supreme Court Splits, Vacancies Left Law Uncertain2014
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Battle Over Wage-Loss Claims"2013
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Superior Court Leaves Big Post-Koken Question Unanswered"2013
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyRecurring Issues With Verdict Slips Continue to Divide Parties2013
Westlaw Journal AutomotiveA Maze of Uncertainty (Products Liability in Pennsylvania)2013
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyPa. Products Liability Law Malfunctioning into a Widening Split of Authority2013
Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineBook Review of The A to Z of Civil Depositions in Pennsylvania2013
Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineLawyers, Look After Yourselves2013
The Pennsylvania LawyerHoliday Book Gift-Giving for Lawyers2013
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyShow Me the Money: Medicare Liens and Personal Injury Matters2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Look at 2012's Trends in Auto Law2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Clean Slate: Ways to Ease Stress and Improve Your Practice2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyHurricane Koken Turns Toward Sea: Storm May Subside With Guidance From State Superior Court2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyFive Common Mistakes to Avoid During Deposition2012
Trials and Tribulation Newsletter (DRI, Defense Research Institute)5 Mistakes to Avoid During Depositions2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyTort Reform and Judicial Selection: Where the 2012 Presidential Candidates Stand2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyUM/UIM Rejection Form Language Should Be Carefully Reviewed2012
The Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineU Need 2 Authentic8 TMs @ Trial2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Shifting Landscape: Changes Keep Things Interesting for Civil Litigators2012
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyState Route 2010: A Look Back At Automotive Insurance Law2011
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Rule Changes Alter State Civil Litigation Landscape"2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Year of Change for Civil Litigation: Wave of Legislation, Case Law is Poised to Alter the Environment for Tort Cases in 20122011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyAre the Winds of Hurricane Koken Dying Down?: Superior Court Touches on Consolidation versus Severance in Post-Koken Cases2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyTo Friend or Not to Friend? Trial courts split on how to handle social media discovery requests2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyThe Weathermen of Hurricane Koken2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyStop and Ask for Directions: Continuing Changes in Auto Law Arena in 2011 Result in Uncertainties2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklySimply Persuasive: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Legal Writers2011
Pennsylvania Lawyer MagazineMastering the Great (But Lost) Art of the Return Phone Call: A tongue-in-cheek guide to tackling a difficult task.2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyA Suspension of Common Sense: Decisions on bystander emotional distress claims leave bench, bar unsettled2011
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyHow to Improve at ADR: Tips from mediators and arbitrators on preparation and presentation2011
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Danke Schoen, Ferris Bueller: Enlightening thoughts for lawyers -- from a teen epic hero"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Tracking 'Hurricane Koken': Recent court rulings suggest aversions to forum shopping in insurance litigation2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Great Minds Think Alike: Consistent decisions on UM/UIM issue separately handed down on same day"2010
Defense Research Institute National Magazine: For the DefenseLessons from the Godfather: Universal Principles and Practical Advice2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Not Unlike the Other: Post-Koken decisions on consolidation vs. severance issue reach the same conclusion"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Clarifying Inter-Policy Stacking In UIM Cases: Venango County judge explains differences in recent high court opinions"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Little League tips for big league lawyers"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Duty Defined: A Lackawanna County judge revisits the basic question of duty owed"2010
Blog by Daniel E. Cummins entitled Tort TalkTORT TALK BLOG ( Updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Growing Need for Guidance: Trial courts struggle with consolidation vs. severance issue in post-Koken cases"2010
Claims Magazine"Claims Rep Pet Peeves"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Hang Up and Drive: Lawmakers and courts tackle the dangers of cellular phone use by drivers"2010
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyDefense-Oriented Decisions Dominated 2010's Biggest Non-Automotive Cases2010
Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine"Artistry Lessons for Lawyers" - A Book Review2010
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyThe New Discovery Battlefield: Novel Jefferson County trial court decision opens the door to discovery of social networking sites2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"In the Driver's Seat: Post-Koken decision making dominated the field of auto insurance law in 2009"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Spread A Little Love: Being pleasant and considerate is part of being a professional"2010
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Seat Belt Defense Ban Wearing Thin: A Superior Court panel upholds the ban but illustrates its weaknesses"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Wild Ride: A multitude of landmark decisions in civil law make 2009 a year to remember"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Alive and Well: Assumption of risk doctrine remains a valid defense"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Two Roads Diverged: Trial courts split over joinder of UIM and third party claims in post-Koken cases"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Change of Habit: A post-Koken body of law is developing as new UM/UIM claims go to court"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The discoverability of surveillance evidence in state and federal courts."2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Piece of Cake: Clients and witnesses who know what to expect give better depositions"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"You'd Better Watch Your Step: Premises liability defendants are having a banner year in Pennsylvania courts"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Eight Simple Rules: A guide to maintaining a positive and efficent practice this year"2009
Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine"Lessons From Lawyer Caricatures: Lawyers as seen on screen."2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself: Prior decisions in consolidated cases provide guidance for post-Koken issues2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Negligence is in the Air...and on the Road: In the realm of auto insurance litigation, 2008 was a year of change."2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Change in the Wind: New judges, new rules and new decisions in general civil litigation matters."2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Here Comes Hurricane Koken: Response to decision brings surge of litigation, ferocious winds of change."2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Future Is Now: Computer-powered case presentation may be a necessity to persuade today's juries."2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Mid-Year Tune up: Ten tips to improve your practice and reduce stress."2008
Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine"A Portrait of the Lawyer as an Artist"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Devil Made Me Do It: Avoiding the 'Seven Deadly Sins' in the practice of law"2008
Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal"The Presidential Candidates and Tort Reform"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Scar Tissue: Trial courts' struggles to define limited tort serious disfigurement threshold2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Presidential Candidates and Tort Reform: Divergent views of the candidates provide Pennsylvania litigators with a choice"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Parade of Proverbs: On St. Patrick's Day, Irish aphorisms can shed light on law"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Reflex Hammer Falls: The U.S. Supreme Court shields makers of medical devices from lawsuits"2008
Pennsylvanai Law Weekly"New Issue, New Guidance: Nealon provides framework for applying Act 6 to future medical expenses awards"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Still Rising Trend: It is essential to master the fine points of mediation and arbitration"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"I Plead the Fifth: The self-incrimination privilege can be interposed at civil depositions"2008
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Year in the Life: Insurance issues and judicial elections dominated 2007"2007
Happenings Magazine"One Minute Attorney: Landlord/Tenant Dispute with Attorney Cummins2007
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Learning Lessons from Lawyer Jokes"2007
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Time to Unbuckle the Seat Belt Defense?"2007
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Recurring Symptoms of IME's: Independent medical examinations have given rise to many complex issues"2007
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Lincoln Logs of Wisdom: A President's Day review of practical advice from one of our greatest lawyer-presidents"2007
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"HIlls and Ridges: Pro-defense trial court decisions tempered by pro-plaintiff appellate decisions"2006
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Dead or Alive? The Assumption of Risk Doctrine in Pennsylvania2006
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"A Trap for the Unwary: Subrogation can be a minefield for defendants too"2006
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Open Umbrella: Courts face an open question about umbrella policy limits and the UIM credit"2006
Northeast Business Journal"Universal principles to derive from 'The Godfather' trilogy"2005
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"What I Learned from the Corleone Family: Universal principles and practical advice in The Godfather films"2005
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Is Credit Due?"2005
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Fibromyalgia as a Diagnosis in Personal Injury Cases"2005
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Spoliation of Evidence as an Independent Cause of Action"1999
Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly"Recovering Unemployment Compensation Benefits in Pennsylvania After Accepting Early Retirement"1999
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Recovering Unemployment Compensation Benefits In Pennsylvania After Accepting Early Retirement"1998
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Ability of Minors to Disaffirm Prospective, Exculpatory Releases"1998
Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly"Police Pursuit Cases: Roadblocks in the Pursuit of Justice"1998
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Police Pursuit Cases: Adopts Shocks the Conscience Standard"1998
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Mary Carter Agreements"1998
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Roadblocks to Recovery in Police Chase Cases"1998
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Power to Furlough Clarified"1997
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Sentencing Mergers Clarified"1996
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Two Fees or Not Two Fees"1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Villanova UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1990
University of London School of LawStudy Abroad-British and American Comparative Law CoursesFaculty of LawsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial JudgesPost-Koken Auto Law Update: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Claims After IFP v. Koken2015
Tort Talk Expo 2014Auto Law/Civil Litigation Update2014
Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) CLE/Holiday PartyPersuasion, Civility, and How Jurors Make Decisions2014
PBI's 21st Annual Auto Law UpdateThe Latest in Bad Faith2014
Lackawanna County Bench/Bar ConferenceCivil Litigation Update (With Lessons From the Godfather)2014
Tort Talk Expo 2013Auto Law Update2013
Staff Counsel Committee Meeting/Pennsylvania Bar AssociationTort Talk Blog as a Legal Research Tool/Civil Litigation Update2013
Rules and Procedure Committee of Philadelphia Bar AssociationTort Talk Blog as a Legal Research Tool/Civil Litigation Update2013
Nationwide Ins. Co. Pennsylvania SummitTort Talk Blog as a Legal Research Tool/Civil Litigation Update2013
Breakfast CLE ProgramIpad for Lawyers2013
Allstate Ins. Co. Claims MeetingTort Talk Blog as a Legal Research Tool/Civil Litigation Update2013
Tort Talk Expo 2012 CLE SeminarAuto Law Update 20122012
CLE at the PhilliesCivil Litigation Update 2012/Take Me Out To the Ballgame2012
Tort Talk Expo 2011 CLE SeminarCivil Litigation Update 20112011
Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference 2011Civil Litigation Update 20112011
Civil Litigation Developments 2011Claims Rep Pet Peeves2011
Pennsylvania Association for Justice - Civil Litigation Update 2010Auto Law / Post-Koken Update2010
Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference 2010Post-Koken Update 20102010
Civil Litigation Update For Pennsylvania Defense InstituteAuto Law Update2010
Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital Teleseminar Hosted by Pennsylvania Association for JusticeBarrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital - Expert Discovery Issue2010
Auto Law StrategiesPost-Koken Update2010
A League of Extraordinary Speakers: Critical and Developmental Topics in LitigationPost-Koken Scorecard/Auto Law Update2010
Lackawanna County Bar Association Breakfast CLE SeriesLessons From Lawyer Caricatures2009
Auto Law Update CLE SeminarArbitration and Mediation Tips2009
2009 Pennsylvania Defense Institute: Civil Litigation DevelopmentsCivil Litigation Update 2009 and ABC's of IME's2009
2009 Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference2009 Civil Litigation Update2009
2009 Lackawanna County Bench Bar Conference2009 Civil Litigation Update2009
Pennsylvania Defense Institute ConferenceMediation and Arbitration Tips2008
Pennsylvania Association For Justice Auto Law SeminarKoken Update/Mediation and Arbitration Tips2008
Lackawanna County Bar Association Breakfast CLE SeriesLessons from the Godfather Trilogy: Universal Principles and Practical Advice2008
2008 Luzerne County Bench Bar ConferenceLessons from Lawyer Caricatures2008
2008 Lackawanna County Bench Bar Conference2008 Civil Litigation Update/Mediation and Arbitration Tips2008
2006 Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference2006 Civil Litigation Update2006
2005 Luzerne County Bench Bar ConferenceLessons from the Godfather Trilogy: Universal Principles and Practical Advice2005